Book Review #1275
The Secret War by Matt Myklusch
Rating: two stars (out of four)
I thought this was more mature (writing-wise) and thrilling than the first book. I had contemplated whether or not I would read the second book...not because the first book was bad or anything like that, but because I was a little apathetic about the story's continuation. But this book definitely pulled me in and I (mostly) liked the development of the characters and plot.
Sure, there were parts that I found a little unrealistic, especially how Jack treated his friends and mentors. I didn't understand why Jack chose to conceal some secrets. There were other parts I wished had been developed better and I was unsure how everything was going to wrap up at the end. I didn't like the changes in Jack and thought some of his actions were misguided. I didn't see the progression of maturity or how he was able to handle certain tasks. I'm being vague because I don't want to give away any spoilers, but there was a major element of the plot that I felt was off. I didn't think it was trivial, but I felt like it was a little unrealistic for a 13 year old be be handling. Maybe that's just me though. I still thought it was a thrilling and engaging read. I would recommend if you had enjoyed the first book, but otherwise, I wouldn't seek out this series.